Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
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Shatner's Has Been

In my morning journey of photocopying and being forced to experience the world, I picked up William Shatner's new album, Has Been. Folks who've been reading this blog for a while will remember my disturbing love for his cover of Pulp's 'Common People', which can be downloaded from here. You can now download 'You'll Have Time' (or a sample of it) from the site, too, which shows the other side of the album. This other side is--and I shit you not--Shatner's own stripped back, spoken word pieces and songs about his life, often in a raw, personal way. The song 'What Have You Done', is the best example of this. Working as a foil for moments against this (and I have to admit to wanting to foil) are songs that follow the cover of 'Common People' and play with a dry, laid back humour.

"I want you to be you
Don't change because you think I might like you
  to be different
I fell in love with you
I don't want you blonde
I don't want you not to swear
Not to sweat
It's you I fell in love with
Your turn of phrase
Your sensitivity
Your irrational moods

Well, maybe that could go."


I'm on my fourth spin of the album, and I'm finding myself enjoying it at a disturbing level. I might even admit to having a new found respect for old Shatner.

...

Yeah, okay, please remove me from the good taste, artistic roll call at the earliest point.

Thank you.
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